Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Ceisteanna (98)

David Cullinane


98. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport the reason a full car and motorcycle licence obtained in British Columbia is only exchangeable for a full car licence; the reason the NDLS will only provide a provisional motorcycle licence; if this discrepancy in the foreign licence exchange is intended; if not, his plans to amend same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9624/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Ireland entered into a driving licence exchange agreement with British Columbia in August 2017. As part of this agreement, Ireland agreed to issue a category B (car) driving licence to the holder of a valid British Columbia Class 5 or Class 7 licence, and a category A, A1, A2 or AM (motorcycles) driving licence to the holder of a valid British Columbia Class 6 or Class 8 driving licence. This intended arrangement was agreed with the licensing authority of the province of British Columbia and is not a discrepancy.

If a person exchanging a British Columbia driving licence has a Class 5/7 and a Class 6/8 licence, they will be issued with an Irish driving licence for categories A, A1, A2, AM and B. If the licence holder does not have a Class 6/8 licence, a motorcycle driving test must be completed to obtain a motorcycle category on the Irish licence.